“Today matters for eternity”
This is such a wonderful reminder for today. Our earthly stay is transient, but it is certainly not without a purpose or repercussions. Every day counts in the heavenly court, every deed matter. God notices!
As we go about our busy life, balancing work, family and personal goals, let us hope that we remember this truth: that even the tiniest of our gestures matter. As Paul exhorts us in Colossians 3: 17 “And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father” (NLT).
Christian life is all about living for Christ. This calls us to be good stewards, of the time we are entrusted with, of the people we are surrounded by, of the resources He has blessed us with. Let us not be those who plan to pray a salvation prayer on deathbed and accidentally miss the chance. Instead let us be those who wake up every morning and decide to make the day worthwhile for eternity. For a Christian, no day is merely ‘another day’. It is yet another chance to live for Jesus, to build each other up, to build the Kingdom of God.
We teach our Sunday School children to sing “O, be careful little eyes what you see… For the Father up above, is looking down in love” but lose this conviction as we grow up. Today, this will be our reminder. What do matter, what we think matter, what we say matter, how we deal with our kids matter, how we treat our spouse matter, how we spend time alone matter, how we work matter, everything matters. Today matters for eternity.
Matthew 5: 14-16
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
We have read through these verses hundreds of times. But have you ever wondered how one puts the light under a bowl? Doesn’t that sound like foolishness? But think again, aren’t we all guilty of this?
We put the light under a bowl each time we do not exhibit the light of Jesus. Simply put, when we do not exhibit honesty, kindness, love, gentleness, mercy or integrity, we are hiding the light. We hide it when we do not do the good that we are called to do. Today, let our prayer be that we will shine the light of Jesus. It can be as simple as being kind to a stranger, exhibiting integrity in workplace, turning away from gossiping, lending a helping hand to a neighbor, raising voice against injustice and so on. Continue reading “Light under a bowl”
We often have a picture of He-man, strong arms and bulging muscles when we think of God. After all, He holds the whole world in His hands, right?
Yet in 1 Kings 17: 3 we find that God asks Elijah to HIDE!
“Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan.
This did not match with the superhero image of God and made me wonder, why did God do that? Was He not strong enough to change the circumstances? Was He not powerful enough to protect Elijah wherever he was, even in front of Ahab who wanted to kill him? Was He scared, or weak? Continue reading “When God asks to HIDE!”
Something clicked in me as I woke to the same old feeling of despair. Even my nightmares have become so sloppy that they are no longer scary but ones of disappointment. Today as I woke up, this quote popped into my brain. “GOD OWNS MY MORNINGS”.
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What a short life bullet has compared to the wound!!
Victim of any kind of abuse, physical, sexual, mental or emotional, will vouch for this. It is not just the momentary act that destroys them. It is the aftereffects of the trauma. It is the nightmares and continuous replay inside their heads. It is the incessant anxiety, unpredictable panic attacks, the wretched depression, feelings of rejection, worthlessness and suicidal thoughts. They remain a constant reminder of how broken they are.
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